Passenger, caught 23/9/2006 (National moth night).

Mothing at St Margaret's

Most of the Moth lists and Photographs are from my garden (TR359450) in the village of St Margaret's at Cliffe in Kent. It is situated about 1Km from the sea and has farmland with in 100 metres. The garden is well shrubbed and about 1600 sq metres. I normally run a 125 MV lamp and a 15W actinic light over-night and once the season gets going a couple of other traps. At the moment both are 25W black Lamps. previously I used a 160W blended lamp in one of them. All traps are home made. Trapping dates refer to the date the trap was put out.

Trap Update in 2017. A new 125W MV Robinson was added to a 125W MV Skinner, 15W Actinic Skinner, two 80W MV Morris modified Skinners and a 80W MVMorris Box trap.
I try and identify all the Macro Moths, with the micros I am not at all systematic, I do more than I used to with the help of the new book, but there are some that do get through.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Species List for 10/9/12

 Convolvulus Hawk-moth

 Celypha sp.

  Celypha sp

 Nephopterix angustella

Only two traps again as heavy rain was forecast from 1am to dawn. It didn't happen, we just had a very light shower, Nevertheless with windy conditions numbers were down. just 280 moths of 22 species. N. angustella was new for the year, as was the star turn, a slightly worn, Convolvulus Hawk-moth. I'm unsure whether a Tortrix, that I've tentatively recorded as C. cespitana is this species or possibly C. rivulana, any thoughts welcome.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1067 Celypha cespitana 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1972 Agrius convolvuli Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1 NFY
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 62
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 168
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 14
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 5
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1


  1. C. cespitana would be my vote Tony, is this one for gen. det. ?

    1. Your probably right, but I'm afraid it now has its freedom. Cespitana was my thought as well, so I'm OK with that.


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